Sprint Nextel Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2012 Results

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  • Full year 2012 consolidated net operating revenue of $35.3 billion rose 5 percent year-over-year; annual Sprint platform wireless service revenue of $27.1 billion is the highest ever and increased nearly 15 percent year-over-year; record 2012 Sprint platform postpaid ARPU of $63.05 grew more than 5 percent over 2011
  • Annual Operating Loss of $1.8 billion, includes accelerated depreciation of $2.1 billion; annual Adjusted OIBDA* of $4.8 billion; fourth quarter Adjusted OIBDA* of $860 million up 2 percent year-over-year
  • 2012 Sprint platform postpaid net additions up 18 percent year-over-year and highest since 2007
  • Strong postpaid and prepaid Nextel recapture rates
    • 2012 postpaid recapture rate of 55 percent
    • Fourth quarter postpaid recapture rate of 51 percent
    • Best ever quarterly prepaid recapture rate of 50 percent
  • Annual smartphone sales of nearly 20 million
    • 2012 iPhone® sales of more than 6.6 million – 40 percent to new customers
    • Best ever quarterly iPhone sales of approximately 2.2 million – 38 percent to new customers
    • 89 percent of quarterly Sprint platform postpaid handset sales were smartphones
  • Network Vision sites on air nearly doubled in last 90 days
    • 4G LTE now launched in 58 cities with nearly 170 more expected in coming months
    • Construction started in more than 450 cities
    • More than 19,500 sites now ready for construction
    • Average current new sites on air per week have grown 83 percent from third quarter
    • More than 8,000 sites on air

The company's fourth quarter 2012 earnings conference call will be held at 8 a.m. ET today. Participants may dial 800-938-1120 in the U.S. or Canada (706-634-7849 internationally) and provide the following ID: 87240993 or may listen via the Internet at www.sprint.com/investors.

Additional information about results can be found in the "Quarterly Investor Update" posted on our Investor Relations website at www.sprint.com/investors.

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (BUSINESS WIRE), February 07, 2013 - Sprint Nextel Corp. (NYSE: S) today reported fourth quarter consolidated net operating revenue of $9 billion and full year 2012 consolidated net operating revenue of $35.3 billion. Sprint reported record quarterly and annual Sprint platform wireless service revenues of nearly $7 billion and $27.1 billion, respectively. Driven by increasing postpaid ARPU and continued Sprint platform subscriber growth, wireless service revenues for the Sprint platform grew 12 percent year-over-year for the quarter and nearly 15 percent for the full year.

The company reported a net loss of $1.3 billion and a diluted net loss of $.44 per share for the fourth quarter of 2012 as compared to a net loss of $1.3 billion and a diluted net loss of $.43 per share in the fourth quarter of 2011. Sprint's fourth quarter 2012 results include accelerated depreciation of approximately $400 million, or negative $.13 per share (pre-tax), primarily related to Network Vision, including the expected shutdown of the Nextel platform, and $45 million or negative $.01 per share (pre-tax) related to impacts from Hurricane Sandy.

The Sprint platform postpaid subscriber base grew for the eleventh consecutive quarter, with net additions of 401,000 driven by a postpaid Nextel recapture rate of 51 percent, or 333,000 subscribers, and strong 4G LTE smartphone sales. Sprint platform prepaid net additions equaled 525,000 due in part to the best ever quarterly prepaid Nextel recapture rate of 50 percent, or 188,000 subscribers. Sprint sold approximately 2.2 million iPhones in the fourth quarter with 38 percent purchased by new customers. As of the end of the fourth quarter, Sprint had sold more than 4 million 4G LTE smartphones.

"Sprint's strong performance was fueled by record wireless service revenue on the Sprint platform due to year-over-year postpaid ARPU growth and Sprint platform net additions," said Dan Hesse, Sprint CEO. "As a result, quarterly Adjusted OIBDA* performance improved year-over-year in spite of significant cost increases related to Network Vision and the iPhone, both of which are key investments for our business that we expect will improve the customer experience and lead to growth in the years ahead."

NETWORK VISION HIGHLIGHTS

Sprint continues to make significant progress on Network Vision deployment. The number of sites that are either ready for construction or already underway has grown to more than 19,500 – approximately half the total number of sites to be upgraded. To date more than 8,000 sites are on air and meeting speed and coverage enhancement targets. Recent weekly construction starts are up 56 percent from the third quarter. Sprint continues to expect to have 12,000 sites on air by the end of the first quarter of 2013.

As part of Network Vision, Sprint has launched 4G LTE in 58 cities and expects that 4G LTE will be available in nearly 170 additional cities in the coming months. During 2012 Sprint launched 15 4G LTE devices including Apple iPad mini and iPad with Retina Display, LG Optimus G™ and Samsung Galaxy Note® II in the fourth quarter.

CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE AND BRAND HIGHLIGHTS

During the fourth quarter, Sprint received the Frost & Sullivan North American Customer Value Enhancement Award in Mobile Communications and Collaboration. Sprint was also named to Connected World magazine's annual list of the 100 most important and influential providers of machine-to-machine services and is number 16 on Chief Executive magazine's 2013 Best Companies for Leaders list. For the fourth straight year, Newsweek's annual Green Rankings recognized Sprint as one of the greenest companies in the U.S., ranking the company third among the greenest companies in America in its 2012 report. Finally, the Global Reporting Initiative verified Sprint is the first U.S. telecom company to deliver an "A+" Corporate Responsibility Performance Report.

During the fourth quarter, Sprint introduced a variety of products and services that benefit customers across its brands. Sprint launched Pinsight Media+™, a new advertising service that gives advertisers the power to reach consumers on their mobile device in a more personalized way. Sprint unveiled Sprint VelocitySM, a pioneering capability that encompasses the development, integration and marketing of in-vehicle communications systems. Automakers can use Sprint Velocity as a complete turnkey solution or on a modular basis to suit their customized needs. Sprint's Global Wholesale & Emerging Solutions group introduced two new products: Sprint Phone Connect for Wholesale, a plug-and-play device product that allows mobile virtual network operators to provide their customers with a low-cost, high-quality home phone service without the need for a landline or broadband service, and Mobile Broadband on Demand, which allows international, retail, travel and hospitality companies to generate new revenue streams through the sale or rental of mobile broadband devices on Sprint's trusted networks. Sprint's Assurance Wireless® brand for eligible low-income consumers, launched service in Idaho and New Mexico in the fourth quarter and its Virgin Mobile USA prepaid brand began offering the award-winning Samsung Galaxy S® II 4G.

CAPITAL STRUCTURE

During the fourth quarter, Sprint raised additional debt financing of nearly $2.3 billion and used the proceeds to retire nearly $1.2 billion of 2014 debt maturities and more than $1.1 billion of 2015 maturities. The remaining outstanding principal balances of Sprint's 2013, 2014 and 2015 maturities are $366 million, $247 million and $566 million, respectively. Sprint also received $3.1 billion from SoftBank in exchange for a newly issued 1 percent, seven-year convertible bond related to the companies' pending merger.

As of December 31, 2012, the company's liquidity was approximately $9.5 billion consisting of $8.2 billion in cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments and $1.3 billion of undrawn borrowing capacity available under its revolving bank credit facility. Additionally, the company has borrowed $296 million to-date of available funding under the secured equipment credit facility, reducing the remaining undrawn availability to $704 million. Sprint generated $216 million of cash flow from operating activities and negative Free Cash Flow* of $1.3 billion in the quarter.

FORECAST

The company expects 2013 Adjusted OIBDA* to be between $5.2 billion and $5.5 billion.

                           
Wireless Operating Statistics (Unaudited)                          
    Quarter To Date       Year To Date  
    12/31/12     9/30/12     12/31/11         12/31/12     12/31/11    
Net Additions (Losses) (in thousands)                          
Sprint platform:                          

Postpaid(2)

  401     410     539         1,516     1,283    

Prepaid(3)

  525     459     899         2,305     4,293    

Wholesale and affiliate

  (243 )   14     954         944     2,697    
Total Sprint platform   683     883     2,392         4,765     8,273    
Nextel platform:                          

Postpaid(2)

  (644 )   (866 )   (378 )       (2,653 )   (1,381 )  

Prepaid(3)

  (376 )   (440 )   (392 )       (1,507 )   (1,781 )  
Total Nextel platform   (1,020 )   (1,306 )   (770 )       (4,160 )   (3,162 )  
                           
Total retail postpaid net (losses) additions   (243 )   (456 )   161         (1,137 )   (98 )  
Total retail prepaid net additions   149     19     507         798     2,512    
Total wholesale and affiliate net (losses) additions   (243 )   14     954         944     2,697    
Total Wireless Net (Losses) Additions   (337 )   (423 )   1,622         605     5,111    
                           
End of Period Subscribers (in thousands)                          
Sprint platform:                          

Postpaid(2)

  30,245     29,844     28,729         30,245     28,729    

Prepaid(3)

  15,133     14,608     12,828         15,133     12,828    
Wholesale and affiliate   8,162     8,405     7,218         8,162     7,218    
Total Sprint platform   53,540     52,857     48,775         53,540     48,775    
Nextel platform:                          

Postpaid(2)

  1,632     2,276     4,285         1,632     4,285    

Prepaid(3)

  454     830     1,961         454     1,961    
Total Nextel platform   2,086     3,106     6,246         2,086     6,246    
                           
Total retail postpaid end of period subscribers   31,877     32,120     33,014         31,877     33,014    
Total retail prepaid end of period subscribers   15,587     15,438     14,789         15,587     14,789    
Total wholesale and affiliate end of period subscribers   8,162     8,405     7,218         8,162     7,218    
Total End of Period Subscribers   55,626     55,963     55,021         55,626     55,021    
                           
Supplemental Data - Connected Devices                          
End of Period Subscribers (in thousands)                          
Retail postpaid   813     817     783         813     783    
Wholesale and affiliate   2,670     2,542     2,077         2,670     2,077    
Total   3,483     3,359     2,860         3,483     2,860    
                           
Churn                          
Sprint platform:                          
Postpaid   1.98 %   1.88 %   1.99 %       1.89 %   1.85 %  
Prepaid   3.02 %   2.93 %   3.07 %       3.01 %   3.28 %  
Nextel platform:                          
Postpaid   5.27 %   4.38 %   1.89 %       3.24 %   1.92 %  
Prepaid   9.79 %   9.39 %   7.18 %       8.55 %   7.10 %  
                           
Total retail postpaid churn   2.18 %   2.09 %   1.98 %       2.02 %   1.86 %  
Total retail prepaid churn   3.30 %   3.37 %   3.68 %       3.45 %   4.05 %  
                           
ARPU (a)                          
Sprint platform:                          
Postpaid   $ 63.04     $ 63.21     $ 61.22         $ 63.05     $ 59.76    
Prepaid   $ 26.30     $ 26.19     $ 25.16         $ 25.92     $ 25.43    
Nextel platform:                          
Postpaid   $ 37.27     $ 38.65     $ 41.91         $ 39.65     $ 43.25    
Prepaid   $ 35.59     $ 34.73     $ 34.91         $ 35.91     $ 35.17    
                           
Total retail postpaid ARPU   $ 61.47     $ 61.18     $ 58.59         $ 60.84     $ 57.27    
Total retail prepaid ARPU   $ 26.69     $ 26.77     $ 26.62         $ 26.72     $ 27.40    
                           
Nextel Platform Subscriber Recaptures                          
Subscribers (in thousands) (4):                          
Postpaid   333     516     168         1,508     508    
Prepaid   188     152     152         620     724    
Rate (5):                          
Postpaid   51 %   59 %   39 %       55 %   30 %  
Prepaid   50 %   34 %   25 %       33 %   24 %  

 

 

(a) ARPU is calculated by dividing service revenue by the sum of the average number of subscribers in the applicable service category. Changes in average monthly service revenue reflect subscribers for either the postpaid or prepaid service category who change rate plans, the level of voice and data usage, the amount of service credits which are offered to subscribers, plus the net effect of average monthly revenue generated by new subscribers and deactivating subscribers.

                           
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (Unaudited)                          
(Millions, except per Share Data)                          
    Quarter To Date       Year To Date  
    12/31/12   9/30/12   12/31/11         12/31/12   12/31/11  
                           
Net Operating Revenues   $ 9,005     $ 8,763     $ 8,722         $ 35,345     $ 33,679    
Net Operating Expenses                          
Cost of services     2,659       2,702       2,788           10,936       10,958    
Cost of products     2,993       2,391       2,631           9,905       8,057    
Selling, general and administrative     2,557       2,391       2,461           9,765       9,592    
Depreciation and amortization     1,493       1,488       1,174           6,543       4,858    
Other, net     8       22       106           16       106    
Total net operating expenses     9,710       8,994       9,160           37,165       33,571    
Operating (Loss) Income     (705 )     (231 )     (438 )         (1,820 )     108    
Interest expense     (432 )     (377 )     (287 )         (1,428 )     (1,011 )  
Equity in losses of unconsolidated investments and other, net (6)     (140 )     (112 )     (472 )         (923 )     (1,733 )  
Loss before Income Taxes     (1,277 )     (720 )     (1,197 )         (4,171 )     (2,636 )  
Income tax expense     (44 )     (47 )     (106 )         (154 )     (254 )  
Net Loss (7)   $ (1,321 )   $ (767 )   $ (1,303 )       $ (4,325 )   $ (2,890 )  
                           
Basic and Diluted Net Loss Per Common Share (7)   $ (0.44 )   $ (0.26 )   $ (0.43 )       $ (1.44 )   $ (0.96 )  
Weighted Average Common Shares outstanding     3,007       3,003       2,997           3,002       2,995    
Effective Tax Rate     -3.4 %     -6.5 %     -8.9 %         -3.7 %     -9.6 %  
                           
                           
NON-GAAP RECONCILIATION - NET LOSS TO ADJUSTED OIBDA* (Unaudited)
(Millions)
    Quarter To Date       Year To Date  
    12/31/12   9/30/12   12/31/11       12/31/12   12/31/11  
                           

Net Loss(7)

  $ (1,321 )   $ (767 )   $ (1,303 )       $ (4,325 )   $ (2,890 )  
Income tax expense     (44 )     (47 )     (106 )         (154 )     (254 )  
Loss before Income Taxes     (1,277 )     (720 )     (1,197 )         (4,171 )     (2,636 )  
Equity in losses of unconsolidated investments and other, net (6)     140       112       472           923       1,733    
Interest expense     432       377       287           1,428       1,011    
Operating (Loss) Income     (705 )     (231 )     (438 )         (1,820 )     108    
Depreciation and amortization     1,493       1,488       1,174           6,543       4,858    
OIBDA*     788       1,257       736           4,723       4,966    
Severance and lease exit costs (8)     (10 )     22       28           196       28    

Gains from asset dispositions and exchanges(9)

    -       -       -           (29 )     -    
Asset impairments and abandonments (10)     18       -       78           36       78    
Spectrum hosting contract termination, net (11)     -       -       -           (170 )     -    
Access costs (12)     -       -       -           (17 )     -    
Business combinations (13)     19       -       -           19       -    
Hurricane Sandy (14)     45       -       -           45       -    
Adjusted OIBDA*     860       1,279       842           4,803       5,072    
Capital expenditures (1)     1,923       1,489       900           5,370       2,855    
Adjusted OIBDA* less Capex   $ (1,063 )   $ (210 )   $ (58 )       $ (567 )   $ 2,217    
                           
Adjusted OIBDA Margin*     10.7 %     16.0 %     10.8 %         15.0 %     16.5 %  
                           
                           
Selected item:                          
Deferred tax asset valuation allowance   $ 546     $ 308     $ 569         $ 1,756     $ 1,223    
                           
                           
WIRELESS STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (Unaudited)                          
(Millions)                          
    Quarter To Date       Year To Date  
    12/31/12   9/30/12   12/31/11       12/31/12   12/31/11  
Net Operating Revenues                          
Service revenue                          
Sprint platform:                          
Postpaid (2)   $ 5,674     $ 5,625     $ 5,217         $ 22,247     $ 20,052    
Prepaid (3)     1,170       1,127       929           4,377       3,325    
Wholesale, affiliate and other     135       121       74           483       261    
Total Sprint platform     6,979       6,873       6,220           27,107       23,638    
Nextel platform:                          
Postpaid (2)     218       311       563           1,454       2,582    
Prepaid (3)     68       108       227           525       1,170    
Total Nextel platform     286       419       790           1,979       3,752    
                           
Equipment revenue     1,010       750       910           3,248       2,911    
Total net operating revenues     8,275       8,042       7,920           32,334       30,301    
                           
Net Operating Expenses                          
Cost of services     2,210       2,256       2,291           9,034       8,907    
Cost of products     2,993       2,391       2,631           9,905       8,057    
Selling, general and administrative     2,436       2,277       2,330           9,290       9,070    
Depreciation and amortization     1,391       1,377       1,070           6,128       4,425    
Other, net     3       22       98           28       98    
Total net operating expenses     9,033       8,323       8,420           34,385       30,557    
Operating Loss   $ (758 )   $ (281 )   $ (500 )       $ (2,051 )   $ (256 )  
                           
Supplemental Revenue Data                          
Total retail service revenue   $ 7,130     $ 7,171     $ 6,936         $ 28,603     $ 27,129    
Total service revenue   $ 7,265     $ 7,292     $ 7,010         $ 29,086     $ 27,390    
                           
                           
                           
WIRELESS NON-GAAP RECONCILIATION (Unaudited)                          
(Millions)                          
    Quarter To Date       Year To Date  
    12/31/12   9/30/12   12/31/11       12/31/12   12/31/11  
                           
Operating Loss   $ (758 )   $ (281 )   $ (500 )       $ (2,051 )   $ (256 )  
Severance and lease exit costs (8)     (10 )     22       25           196       25    
Gains from asset dispositions and exchanges (9)     -       -       -           (29 )     -    
Asset impairments and abandonments (10)     13       -       73           31       73    
Spectrum hosting contract termination, net (11)     -       -       -           (170 )     -    
Hurricane Sandy (14)     42       -       -           42       -    
Depreciation and amortization     1,391       1,377       1,070           6,128       4,425    
Adjusted OIBDA*     678       1,118       668           4,147       4,267    
Capital expenditures (1)     1,786       1,376       774           4,884       2,416    
Adjusted OIBDA* less Capex   $ (1,108 )   $ (258 )   $ (106 )       $ (737 )   $ 1,851    
                           
Adjusted OIBDA Margin*     9.3 %     15.3 %     9.5 %         14.2 %     15.6 %  
                                               
WIRELINE STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (Unaudited)                          
(Millions)                          
    Quarter To Date       Year To Date  
      12/31/12       9/30/12       12/31/11           12/31/12       12/31/11    
Net Operating Revenues                          
Voice   $ 385     $ 399     $ 475         $ 1,627     $ 1,915    
Data     96       95       103           398       460    
Internet     451       428       459           1,781       1,878    
Other     17       17       17           75       73    
Total net operating revenues     949       939       1,054           3,881       4,326    
                           
Net Operating Expenses                          
Costs of services and products     671       667       748           2,784       3,005    
Selling, general and administrative     100       114       128           451       521    
Depreciation     102       106       109           412       431    
Other, net     5       -       9           (12 )     9    
Total net operating expenses     878       887       994           3,635       3,966    
Operating Income   $ 71     $ 52     $ 60         $ 246     $ 360    
                           
                           
WIRELINE NON-GAAP RECONCILIATION (Unaudited)                          
(Millions)                          
    Quarter To Date       Year To Date  
      12/31/12       9/30/12       12/31/11           12/31/12       12/31/11    
                           
Operating Income   $ 71     $ 52     $ 60         $ 246     $ 360    
Severance and lease exit costs (8)     -       -       3           -       3    
Asset impairments and abandonments (10)     5       -       6           5       6    
Access costs (12)     -       -       -           (17 )     -    
Hurricane Sandy (14)     3       -       -           3       -    
Depreciation     102       106       109           412       431    
Adjusted OIBDA*     181       158       178           649       800    
Capital expenditures (1)     58       60       34           242       158    
Adjusted OIBDA* less Capex   $ 123     $ 98     $ 144         $ 407     $ 642    
                           
Adjusted OIBDA Margin*     19.1 %     16.8 %     16.9 %         16.7 %     18.5 %  
                       
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED CASH FLOW INFORMATION (Unaudited)  
(Millions)                      
                Year to Date  
                  12/31/12       12/31/11    
Operating Activities                      
Net loss               $ (4,325 )   $ (2,890 )  
Depreciation and amortization                 6,543       4,858    
Provision for losses on accounts receivable                 561       559    
Share-based compensation expense                 82       73    
Deferred income taxes                 209       231    
Equity in losses of unconsolidated investments and other, net (6)                 923       1,733    
Contribution to pension plan                 (108 )     (136 )  

Spectrum hosting contract termination, net(11)

                (170 )     -    
Other working capital changes, net                 (802 )     (877 )  
Other, net                 86       140    
Net cash provided by operating activities                 2,999       3,691    
                       
Investing Activities                      
Capital expenditures (1)                 (4,261 )     (3,130 )  
Expenditures relating to FCC licenses                 (198 )     (258 )  
Reimbursements relating to FCC licenses (15)                 -       135    
Change in short-term investments, net                 (1,699 )     150    
Investment in Clearwire                 (228 )     (331 )  
Other, net                 11       (9 )  
Net cash used in investing activities                 (6,375 )     (3,443 )  
                       
Financing Activities                      
Proceeds from debt and financings                 9,176       4,000    
Debt financing costs                 (134 )     (86 )  
Repayments of debt and capital lease obligations                 (4,791 )     (3,906 )  
Other, net                 29       18    
Net cash provided by financing activities                 4,280       26    
                       
Net Increase in Cash and Cash Equivalents                 904       274    
                       
Cash and Cash Equivalents, beginning of period                 5,447       5,173    
                       
Cash and Cash Equivalents, end of period               $ 6,351     $ 5,447    
                       
                       
RECONCILIATION TO CONSOLIDATED FREE CASH FLOW* (NON-GAAP) (Unaudited)  
(Millions)                      
    Quarter Ended   Year to Date  
      12/31/12       9/30/12       12/31/11       12/31/12       12/31/11    
                       
Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities   $ 216     $ 628     $ 1,089     $ 2,999     $ 3,691    
                       
Capital expenditures (1)     (1,477 )     (1,073 )     (909 )     (4,261 )     (3,130 )  
Expenditures relating to FCC licenses, net (15)     (46 )     (45 )     76       (198 )     (123 )  
Other investing activities, net     (2 )     3       1       11       (9 )  
Free Cash Flow*     (1,309 )     (487 )     257       (1,449 )     429    
                       
Debt financing costs     (44 )     (33 )     (83 )     (134 )     (86 )  
Increase in debt and other, net     3,316       73       1,749       4,385       94    
Investment in Clearwire     (100 )     -       (331 )     (228 )     (331 )  
Other financing activities, net     8       14       4       29       18    

Net Increase (Decrease) in Cash, Cash Equivalents and Short-Term Investments

 

  $ 1,871     $ (433 )   $ 1,596     $ 2,603     $ 124    
           
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (Unaudited)          
(Millions)          
      12/31/12       12/31/11    
Assets          
Current assets          
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 6,351     $ 5,447    
Short-term investments     1,849       150    
Accounts and notes receivable, net     3,658       3,206    
Device and accessory inventory     1,200       913    
Deferred tax assets     1       130    
Prepaid expenses and other current assets     700       491    
Total current assets     13,759       10,337    
           
Investments and other assets     1,833       2,609    
Property, plant and equipment, net     13,607       14,009    
Goodwill     359       359    
FCC licenses and other     20,677       20,453    
Definite-lived intangible assets, net     1,335       1,616    
Total   $ 51,570     $ 49,383    
           
Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity          
Current liabilities          
Accounts payable   $ 3,487     $ 2,348    
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities     5,008       4,143    
Current portion of long-term debt, financing and capital lease obligations     379       8    
Total current liabilities     8,874       6,499    
           
Long-term debt, financing and capital lease obligations     23,962       20,266    
Deferred tax liabilities     7,047       6,986    
Other liabilities     4,600       4,205    
Total liabilities     44,483       37,956    
           
Shareholders' equity          
Common shares     6,019       5,992    
Paid-in capital     47,016       46,716    
Accumulated deficit     (44,815 )     (40,489 )  
Accumulated other comprehensive loss     (1,133 )     (792 )  
Total shareholders' equity     7,087       11,427    
Total   $ 51,570     $ 49,383    
           
           
NET DEBT* (NON-GAAP) (Unaudited)          
(Millions)          
      12/31/12       12/31/11    
           
Total Debt   $ 24,341     $ 20,274    
Less: Cash and cash equivalents     (6,351 )     (5,447 )  
Less: Short-term investments     (1,849 )     (150 )  
Net Debt*   $ 16,141     $ 14,677    
           
               
SCHEDULE OF DEBT (Unaudited)              
(Millions)              
            12/31/12  
ISSUER   COUPON   MATURITY   PRINCIPAL  
Sprint Nextel Corporation              
Export Development Canada Facility (Tranche 2)   5.393%   12/15/2015   $ 500  
6% Senior Notes due 2016   6.000%   12/01/2016   2,000  
9.125% Senior Notes due 2017   9.125%   03/01/2017   1,000  
8.375% Senior Notes due 2017   8.375%   08/15/2017   1,300  
9% Guaranteed Notes due 2018   9.000%   11/15/2018   3,000  
1% Convertible Bond due 2019   1.000%   10/15/2019   3,100  
7% Guaranteed Notes due 2020   7.000%   03/01/2020   1,000  
7% Senior Notes due 2020   7.000%   08/15/2020   1,500  
11.5% Senior Notes due 2021   11.500%   11/15/2021   1,000  
9.25% Debentures due 2022   9.250%   04/15/2022   200  
6% Senior Notes due 2022   6.000%   11/15/2022   2,280  
Sprint Nextel Corporation           16,880  
               
Sprint Capital Corporation              
6.9% Senior Notes due 2019   6.900%   05/01/2019   1,729  
6.875% Senior Notes due 2028   6.875%   11/15/2028   2,475  
8.75% Senior Notes due 2032   8.750%   03/15/2032   2,000  
Sprint Capital Corporation           6,204  
               
iPCS Inc.              
First Lien Senior Secured Floating Rate Notes due 2013   2.438%   05/01/2013   300  
Second Lien Senior Secured Floating Rate Notes due 2014   3.563%   05/01/2014   181  
iPCS Inc.           481  
               
EKN Secured Equipment Facility   2.030%   03/30/2017   296  
               
Tower financing obligation   9.500%   01/15/2030   698  
Capital lease obligations and other       2014 - 2022   74  
TOTAL PRINCIPAL           24,633  
               
Beneficial conversion feature on convertible bond           (247)  
Net discounts           (45)  
TOTAL DEBT           $ 24,341  
               

NOTES TO THE FINANCIAL INFORMATION (Unaudited)

(1) Capital expenditures is an accrual based amount that includes the changes in unpaid capital expenditures and excludes capitalized interest. Cash paid for capital expenditures includes total capitalized interest of $9 million, $52 million and $278 million for the fourth and third quarters and year-to-date periods of 2012, respectively, and $109 million and $413 million for the fourth quarter and year-to-date periods of 2011, and can be found in the Condensed Consolidated Cash Flow Information and the Reconciliation to Free Cash Flow*.

(2) Postpaid subscribers on the Sprint platform are defined as retail postpaid subscribers on the CDMA network, including subscribers with PowerSource devices, and those utilizing WiMax and LTE technology. Postpaid subscribers on the Nextel platform are defined as retail postpaid subscribers on the iDEN network.

(3) Prepaid subscribers on the Sprint platform are defined as retail prepaid subscribers and session-based tablet users who utilize CDMA and WiMax technology via our multi-brand offerings. Prepaid subscribers on the Nextel platform are defined as retail prepaid subscribers who utilize iDEN technology.

(4) Nextel Subscriber Recaptures are defined as the number of subscribers that deactivated service from the postpaid or prepaid Nextel platform, as applicable, during each period but remained with the Company as subscribers on the postpaid or prepaid Sprint platform, respectively. Subscribers that deactivate service from the Nextel platform and activate service on the Sprint platform are included in the Sprint platform net additions for the applicable period.

(5) The Postpaid and Prepaid Nextel Recapture Rates are defined as the portion of total subscribers that left the postpaid or prepaid Nextel platform, as applicable, during the period and were retained on the postpaid or prepaid Sprint platform, respectively.

(6) The second quarter of 2012 includes a non-cash impairment of $204 million to reflect a reduction of our investment in Clearwire to its estimated fair value at June 30, 2012. The fourth quarter of 2011 includes a non-cash impairment of $135 million to reflect a reduction of our investment in Clearwire to its estimated fair value at December 31, 2011, and a dilution loss of approximately $27 million associated with the fourth quarter reduction of Sprint's economic interest from 53.5% to 51.5% as a result of Clearwire's fourth quarter 2011 equity offering.

(7) Results include pre-tax, non-cash "Equity in losses of unconsolidated investments and other, net" of $140 million ($.05 per share), $112 million ($.04 per share) and $923 million ($.31 per share) in the fourth and third quarters and year-to-date periods of 2012, respectively, and $472 million ($.16 per share) and $1.7 billion ($.58 per share) in the fourth quarter and year-to-date periods of 2011.

(8) For the fourth and third quarters and year-to-date periods of 2012, lease exit costs are primarily associated with taking Nextel platform sites off air. For the fourth quarter and year-to-date periods of 2011, severance and exit costs are primarily related to work force reductions, lease termination charges, and organizational realignment initiatives.

(9) For the year-to-date period of 2012, gains from asset dispositions and exchanges are primarily due to spectrum exchange transactions.

(10) For the year-to-date period of 2012, asset impairments and abandonments include $18 million related to a change in our backhaul architecture in connection to our Network Vision design from microwave to a more cost effective fiber backhaul. The remaining 2012 activity of $18 million, as well as the year-to-date 2011 activity of $78 million, is primarily related to network asset equipment in our Wireless segment, no longer necessary for management's strategic plans.

(11) On March 16, 2012, we elected to terminate the arrangement with LightSquared LP and LightSquared, Inc. (LightSquared). As we have no future service obligations with respect to the arrangement with LightSquared, we recognized $236 million of the advanced payments as other operating income in the first quarter of 2012. As a result of the termination of the hosting agreement, we impaired capitalized costs specific to LightSquared's 1.6 GHz spectrum that the company no longer intends to deploy which totaled $66 million.

(12) Favorable developments during the first quarter of 2012 relating to disagreements with local exchange carriers resulted in a reduction in expected access costs of $17 million.

(13) For the fourth quarter and year-to-date periods of 2012, included in selling, general and administrative expenses are fees paid to unrelated parties necessary for the proposed transactions with SoftBank and our acquisition of Clearwire.

(14) Hurricane Sandy charges for the fourth quarter and year-to-date periods of 2012, represent estimated hurricane-related charges of $45 million, consisting of customer credits, incremental roaming costs, network repairs and replacements.

(15) $135 million in reimbursements were received in the fourth quarter of 2011 from the mobile satellite service (MSS) entrants for their pro rata share of our costs of clearing a portion of the 1.9 GHz spectrum related to spectrum reconfiguration under the FCC's Report and Order.

Supplemental information:

The Company had $1.3 billion of borrowing capacity available under our revolving bank credit facility as of December 31, 2012. Our revolving bank credit facility expires in October 2013.

In May 2012, certain of our subsidiaries entered into a $1.0 billion secured equipment credit facility to finance equipment-related purchases for Network Vision. The facility is equally divided into two consecutive tranches of $500 million, with the drawdown availability contingent upon Sprint's acquisition of equipment-related purchases from Ericsson, up to the maximum of each tranche, ending on May 31, 2013 and May 31, 2014, for the first and second tranche, respectively. Interest and principal are payable semi-annually with a final maturity of March 2017 for both tranches.

*FINANCIAL MEASURES

Sprint Nextel provides financial measures determined in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States (GAAP) and adjusted GAAP (non-GAAP). The non-GAAP financial measures reflect industry conventions, or standard measures of liquidity, profitability or performance commonly used by the investment community for comparability purposes. These measurements should be considered in addition to, but not as a substitute for, financial information prepared in accordance with GAAP. We have defined below each of the non-GAAP measures we use, but these measures may not be synonymous to similar measurement terms used by other companies.

Sprint Nextel provides reconciliations of these non-GAAP measures in its financial reporting. Because Sprint Nextel does not predict special items that might occur in the future, and our forecasts are developed at a level of detail different than that used to prepare GAAP-based financial measures, Sprint Nextel does not provide reconciliations to GAAP of its forward-looking financial measures.

The measures used in this release include the following:

OIBDA is operating income/(loss) before depreciation and amortization. Adjusted OIBDA is OIBDA excluding severance, exit costs, and other special items. Adjusted OIBDA Margin represents Adjusted OIBDA divided by non-equipment net operating revenues for Wireless and Adjusted OIBDA divided by net operating revenues for Wireline. We believe that Adjusted OIBDA and Adjusted OIBDA Margin provide useful information to investors because they are an indicator of the strength and performance of our ongoing business operations, including our ability to fund discretionary spending such as capital expenditures, spectrum acquisitions and other investments and our ability to incur and service debt. While depreciation and amortization are considered operating costs under GAAP, these expenses primarily represent non-cash current period costs associated with the use of long-lived tangible and definite-lived intangible assets. Adjusted OIBDA and Adjusted OIBDA Margin are calculations commonly used as a basis for investors, analysts and credit rating agencies to evaluate and compare the periodic and future operating performance and value of companies within the telecommunications industry.

Free Cash Flow is the cash provided by operating activities less the cash used in investing activities other than short-term investments and equity method investments during the period. We believe that Free Cash Flow provides useful information to investors, analysts and our management about the cash generated by our core operations after interest and dividends, if any, and our ability to fund scheduled debt maturities and other financing activities, including discretionary refinancing and retirement of debt and purchase or sale of investments.

Net Debt is consolidated debt, including current maturities, less cash and cash equivalents, short-term investments and if any, restricted cash. We believe that Net Debt provides useful information to investors, analysts and credit rating agencies about the capacity of the company to reduce the debt load and improve its capital structure.

SAFE HARBOR

This release includes "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the securities laws. The words "may," "could," "should," "estimate," "project," "forecast," "intend," "expect," "anticipate," "believe," "target," "plan," "providing guidance," and similar expressions are intended to identify information that is not historical in nature. All statements that address operating performance, events or developments that we expect or anticipate will occur in the future — including statements relating to network performance, subscriber growth, and liquidity, and statements expressing general views about future operating results — are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are estimates and projections reflecting management's judgment based on currently available information and involve a number of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those suggested by the forward-looking statements. With respect to these forward-looking statements, management has made assumptions regarding, among other things, development and deployment of new technologies; efficiencies and cost savings of multimode technologies; customer and network usage; customer growth and retention; service, coverage and quality; availability of devices; the timing of various events and the economic environment. Sprint Nextel believes these forward-looking statements are reasonable; however, you should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which are based on current expectations and speak only as of the date when made. Sprint Nextel undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law. In addition, forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from our company's historical experience and our present expectations or projections. Factors that might cause such differences include, but are not limited to, those discussed in the company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011 and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2012, which are filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and are incorporated herein by reference and when filed Part I, Item IA "Risk Factors" of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2012. You should understand that it is not possible to predict or identify all such factors. Consequently, you should not consider any such list to be a complete set of all potential risks or uncertainties.

Clearwire's fourth quarter 2012 results from operations have not yet been finalized. As a result, the amount reflected for Sprint's share of Clearwire's results of operations for the quarter and year-to-date ended December 31, 2012, is an estimate and, based upon the finalization of Clearwire's results, may need to be revised if our estimate materially differs from Clearwire's actual results. Changes in our estimate, if any, would affect the carrying value of our investment in Clearwire, net loss, basic and diluted net loss per common share, and comprehensive loss but would have no effect on Sprint's operating income, OIBDA*, Adjusted OIBDA* or consolidated statement of cash flows.

About Sprint Nextel

Sprint Nextel offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline communications services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers, businesses and government users. Sprint Nextel served more than 55 million customers at the end of 2012 and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including the first wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; offering industry-leading mobile data services, leading prepaid brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, and Assurance Wireless; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. The American Customer Satisfaction Index rated Sprint No. 1 among all national carriers in customer satisfaction and most improved, across all 47 industries, during the last four years. Newsweek ranked Sprint No. 3 in both its 2011 and 2012 Green Rankings, listing it as one of the nation's greenest companies, the highest of any telecommunications company. You can learn more and visit Sprint at www.sprint.com or www.facebook.com/sprint and www.twitter.com/sprint.

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